Book Haul: May 2019

I planned for May to be a month where I purchase less books as a step in a more sustainable direction. These are books I purchased before making this decision. That being said I am not going to completely stop buying book. I am just going to me more strategic about the books that I am purchasing.

‘Beyond a Darkened Shore’ By Jessica Leake

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. 

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. 

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. 

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

‘The Life of Captain Marvel’ By Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco & MargueriteSauvage

She’s one of the mightiest heroes not just on Earth, but in the entire galaxy! Now learn exactly how Carol Danvers became the woman she is – the Avenger she is – in the definitive origin of Captain Marvel! When sudden, crippling anxiety attacks sideline Carol in the middle of a fight, she finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can’t outrun where you’re from – and sometimes, you have to go home again. But while the Captain takes a temporary leave from duty to unravel her past, trouble comes looking for her. A weapon has been unleashed. And Carol’s sleepy coastal town is about to become the center of its world. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet – and what she discovers will change her entire life!

‘Auror Rising’ By Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering

And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem—that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.

What books have you picked up this month?

TBR: May 2019

A new month is a fresh start and new reading adventures await. For the month of may I am participating in the tail end of the #Avengersreadathon2019 for the first half of may before getting back into my own reading for the rest of the month.

Let me be the first to say that these are ambitious reading plans! I’ve made the decision that even if I don’t finish all the #Avengersreadathon2019 books before May 14th, I am going to continue on with them as my TBR for May.

I’ve really enjoyed starting series in the last month or so. They are all books I want to get to and starting them has helped me get excited to continue with the series.

For May I plan to read two graphic novels ‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’ and ‘The Ripple Kingdom’. When it comes to novels I want to read ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas, ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Demon King’ By Cinda Willams Chima. I also plan to listen to ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

What are you planning to read for May?


Ok so this is super super late, I know its August for crying out loud! But better late than never right?

April’s Theme was Educational Decree, which I loved! IMG_1557

Inside we got all kids of goodies! Including:

  • An Order of the Phoenix T-shirt.
  • A jar of prefects bathroom sea salts – which I’ve used in the shower and it was incredible. Smelt amazing
  • A post card with Dumbledore’s Army Propaganda. (not photographed)
  • A small packet of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour beans – I had to leave these for my fiancee as I can’t eat them 😦
  • An Enchanted wooden coaster. With the Hogs Head on it. – I love these, I have two so far and can’t wait to get more!
  • A Deathly Hallows Pin
  • A ‘Sherbert Lemon’ Scented candle from Incendio Candles with scents of lemongrass and Honey. – All the candles look gorgeous and smell amazing, I just haven’t burnt any because then I won’t have them anymore
  • Cosy Elves Tea – this one is an blend of organic black tea, rose petaels, wild strawberries, vanilla and sugar hearts –  honestly I haven’t tried any yet, but I really really want too!
  • A Vial of dragon’s blood.
  • A chocolate frog card – Severus Snape. I love these to display in my office at work, the kids absolutely love it.
  • 7 of the Harry Potter Trading Card Game Cards.
  • Lastly an Umbridge pocket mirror. super cute!


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May: Wrap up

May was a pretty productive reading month for me. I was surprised to see how much I actually did end up reading when looking back on the month. So first things first.. stats.

Reading Stats

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Books I read this month





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What did you read this month?


TBR: May

April is over and May is upon us!

I mentioned in my April wrap up that I felt I hadn’t had a very productive (in life or reading) April but that I wanted to focus on a more positive and productive May.

This starts with an AMBITIOUS TBR. Now I am aware that there is little chance that I will get through all these books in May but I have a focus for the month and I want as many options as possible so I can’t feel that inevitable ‘I have nothing to read’ feeling when I finish a good book and the next one in the series isn’t available.

My focus for the month is:
Middle Grade

I am a huge fan of middle grade. I love the stories being a little lighter than Young adult and I love discovering new stories that my kiddos can read.

I’ve purchased quite a few Middle Grade and want to try and get some read. I won’t be STRICTLY sticking to this as I did just finish ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ which is a young adult fantasy and I want to read ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ this month as well.

But, aside from all those things, there are the books I’ll be trying to work through this month.

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This is just a glimpse at the books I HOPE to get through for the month of May.

I’ve planned a pretty hectic reading month (sorry social life/optometrist) but it needs to be done!

All the books I plan to read this month are:

  • Complete ‘A Kingdom of Exile’ by S.B Nova
  • ‘The Wizard of Once’ by Cressida Cowell
  • ‘A Court of Frost and Starlight’ by Sarah J. Mass
  • ‘The Apprentice Witch’ by James Nicol
  • ‘The Magic Misfits’ By Neil Patrick Harris
  • ‘The Explorer’ By Katherine Rundell
  • ‘Furthermore’ by Taherah Mafi
  • ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Katherine Rundell
  • ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon’ by Kelly Barnhill
  • ‘The Isle of the Lost’ by  Melissa Dela Cruz
  • ‘Aru Shah and the End of Time’ by Roshani Chokshi
  • ‘The Girl in the Tower’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘The Bear and the Nightingale’ by Katherine Arden
  • ‘Tess on the Road’ by Rachel Hartman
  • ‘The Serpent’s Secret’ by Sayantani DasGupta

So there are A LOT of books I plan to get to this month and I know there is no chance I will get to all of them but I am going to work on getting through as many as I can.

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What are some of the books on your May TBR?